City of Morenci looking for new zoning administrator 8.12.09

Written by David Green.

Following the death of Jack Baird, the city is in need of a new residential zoning administrator.

Keith Pennington, chair of city council’s Legal and Finance committee, suggested at Monday’s council meeting that building inspector Kevin Arquette or industrial/commercial inspector Jacob Barnes might be interested in seeking the job. Arquette answered that he would consider the job.

Mayor Doug Erskin suggested first advertising for the position and council voted unanimously to place an advertisement in the Observer.

FESTIVAL—City treasurer Stephanie Mossing gave council a financial report on the Town and Country Festival.

Revenue came in at $21,000—plus some additional funds coming from the Eagles club from the beer tent—and expenses were about $14,000.

“The problem,” Mossing said, “is that we had a deficit from last year.”

Mossing predicted the deficit would likely be cut considerably with the Eagles money, remaining at less than $2,000.

The committee lost money due to the wrestling shows, Deatrick said.

Pennington thanked the committee members and other volunteers for their hard work, and he also praised Joe Farquhar for his fund-raising for the fireworks.

Councilor Greg Braun added that he heard from Lenawee REACT—a volunteer group that helps with security—with praise for the committee.

SOUTH PARK—Betty Yenor discussed the situation at Stephenson Park and young people who stay in the park “at all hours of the night.”

Police chief Larry Weeks said it’s a challenging situation for his officers because it’s easy to hide behind trees in the park.

He said there are six to 10 teen-age children who are repeat problems and the issue is not being addressed by their parents.

He will be checking with the city attorney to see if documented repeat offenders can be barred from using the park.

He urged people to call 911 to report problems.

“That’s what it’s for,” he said. “You might as well get your money’s worth.”

SHELTERS—Council voted to accept a bid from Martinez and Petry to reroof the two Wakefield Park shelter houses on the east side of the park. Their low bid came in at $5,042. Six bids were submitted.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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